Bass. Florida reverberates with bottom-heavy,
plusating bass. Who's the Queen of Bass,
ruling her empire from Orlando with her
signature mix of electro and funky breaks?
Baby Anne of course! Since DJ Icey first
inspired her to get behind the decks back
in '92, Baby Anne has been spinning to
her subjects ever since. It wasn't long
before she was in the studio, producing
singles and compilations (five to date),
including the latest jewel in her crown,
Mixtress, the title of both the
CD and her latest single that can be found
in the mix. Being the diplomat that she
is, Baby Anne took the time to answer
a few of Raves.com's questions via email
about her new release and the Florida
scene. Here they are as she typed them,
Raves.com: How would you
explain the progression through each of
your albums leading up to Mixtress?
Baby Anne: i've always liked
the same style of music. the type of tracks
i look for do not always exist so i do
the best i can when it's time to do a
mix cd. i think the new mixtress cd and
the live in las vegas cd are the two that
best showcase my ideal style.
How would you explain the concept behind the Mixtress album?
'backwards'. i was trying to think of a title and i came up with 'mixtress'. later i thought of the cover image because it went with the title.
Is it hard to find tracks for your
mix sets that continue to sound fresh
and don't seem to be the same samples
over and over?
simply put, yes it is.
The title track Mixtress is a heavy
tune, how did the track come about?
on accident. i was in the middle of making the track and was looking for some sort of vocal sample. when i found it, the rest of the song came to me. it all fell into place with the cd title and theme.
Who, if anyone, did you look to for inspiration for this album?
no one specific. i just tried to keep it upbeat and intense. i was lucky to be able to include good tracks from producers like malicious mike and jimmy rhodes. when i heard jimmy's song 'go', i knew that would set a good tone for me.
Do you ever feel pressure to live up to the Bass Queen title that has been
thrown your way in the past?
no. i think i'm called the bass queen because i love bass so much, not because i'm trying to make a statement or mark my territory.
There is some amazing shots of you
included with this album. How involved
were you in the planning of the cover
i thought of the whole idea and ironically
so did eric at system at the same time.
i wasn't sure if i'd actually go through
with it until we talked about it and he
encouraged me. it's not my typical style
and it probably won't happen again. it
was just for fun.
How do you think the cover picture
will be received by other female DJs?
i haven't really thought about it. i can't say. they can feel free to love it or hate it. the feedback i've gotten from my female friends is good. they think it's funny because it's not something i would normally do.
Where will you be touring in support of the album?
anywhere a crowd wants to hear breaks.
How has the album been received so far?
Were you in Florida during any of
the recent hurricanes?
i was. Charley messed up my home a bit
and we just had one this past weekend.
we're getting used to them.
What has been the largest crowd you
have played for?
i guess... the ultra music fest at the winter music conference each year.
Do you prefer to play for smaller or larger crowds? Why?
i have no preference. everyone's there for a good time. and i'm there to entertain.
What do you think of the current breaks scene? Where do you see it going?
i think the breaks scene has always been the same in relation to the overall scene. some areas want to hear strictly breaks, some are diverse, and some can't stand it. the dance music scene fluctuates with the times and i don't predict any major changes. i'm happy with it.
- interview questions by Shawn Wallace
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